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Credit Card Glossary: Terms and Definitions

Confused by credit card terms? CreditCards.com's glossary of credit card definitions will help. From account holder to Regulation Z, we have defined the most-common and most-confusing credit card terms.


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Charge-off rate
The charge-off rate is the amount of charge-offs divided by the average outstanding credit card balances owed to the issuer. Charge-off is actually an accounting term that means a company has decided it has no chance to collect a debt and charges it off its books. A rising charge-off rate is a sign of an economy under stress.